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Acculturation

If you belong to a minority community in a country and retain your own culture but cannot remain isolated and are affected by the majority culture in such a way that you adapt to some aspects of the majority culture, the process is referred to as acculturation. It can be said that the individual, or for that matter, most of the members of this community are bicultural. It so happens that the original customs remain, and the members of the community accept customs from the majority community. In a multi ethnic society such as US, a person who is Hispanic or has Chinese roots remains attached to his own culture while adapting and accepting some of the customs of the whites.

Meeting of cultures is never a one sided process as many believe and, though a person belonging to a minority culture may begin to dress and speak like those belonging to the majority culture, he still retains the beliefs and customs of his own culture thus reflecting the process of acculturation. Acculturation process has many outcomes of which important ones are assimilation, rejection, integration, and marginalization. The importance of acculturation can never be overemphasized in the study of cross cultural influences and the ways peoples of different ethnic identities learn to adapt and accept the cultural traits of a majority community in a multiethnic society.

Assimilation

Assimilation is a process whereby people of a culture learn to adapt to the ways of the majority culture. There is a loss of one’s own culture as a person gives more value to the cultural aspects of the majority community in the process of assimilation. This has been the case in the United States that has been the centre of attraction of immigrants from many different countries. When the original customs and traditions of a culture get lost when it is influenced by the majority culture of a country, the process is referred to as assimilation.

Assimilation is the process that inevitably takes place whenever there are immigrants arriving in a country from a foreign land. Assimilation is a process that can be in degrees, and full assimilation is said to have taken place when it becomes hard to tell that the person belongs to a minority culture or is from the majority culture.

What is the difference between Acculturation and Assimilation?

• Meeting of cultures always produces results in terms of changes in both the cultures, and acculturation and assimilation refer to two important and different changes in these cultures.

• Assimilation refers to the process where some of the majority community’s cultural aspects are absorbed in such a manner that the home cultural aspects get mitigated or lost.

• Acculturation is a process where the cultural aspects of the majority community are adapted without losing the traditions and customs of the minority community.

• Minority culture changes in the case of assimilation whereas it remains intact in the case of acculturation.
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Ok skimmed but I got you

I was describing a preference for acculturation whereas it seems that what actually happened was assimilation ... how heart rending.   Luckily full assimilation isn't possible due to our skin color, we can hold onto vestiges although now they've been distorted

I wish we had a rolling panel of scholars researching these topics with the goal of breaking down what happened and how and strategies for rebuilding our culture, in modern terms our "brand"





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yep that's it (the first part of your post)

there is a lot of empirical literature on assimilation and acculturation (not sure how much of it directly looks at the african american community)

I wanted to research assimilation and acculturation as it related to conflict resolution on a college campus for my dissertation but my idea was shot down

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SL thanks for that clarification

I don't think it's sunk in that AAs were essentially assimilated, it actually upset me to realize this

There's definitely been some slight of hand, in feeding us acculturation through distorted soul food and music when assimilation was essentially the accomplished goal

I wish you did use that topic for your dissertation, would've loved to have read it





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wonder what it would take to create that kind of panel

Hmmm
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sure, no problem

my mentor said he wasn't familiar with the topic and I had to complete my research on something he wanted to do (measuring mediator behavior)

I wanted to see how students of different races approached conflict resolution with faculty

I believed assimilation and acculturation could help explain the differences that I would have found

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I think that would've been extremely interesting especially if students from African nations were included as well as AAs, and other blacks much less white americans and other whites
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yes it would have been

my campus was and still is one the most diverse in the nation

"For the 16th consecutive year, our Newark Campus was ranked the nation’s most diverse by U.S. News & World Report."
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